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A very singular sheep 3

By whatriveristhis
"The Herdwick is a breed of domestic sheep native to the Lake District of Cumbria in North West England. The name "Herdwick" is derived from the Old Norse herdvyck, meaning sheep pasture. Though low in lambing capacity and perceived wool quality when compared to more common commercial breeds, Herdwicks are prized for their robust health, their ability to live solely on forage, and their tendency to be territorial and not to stray over the difficult upland terrain of the Lake District. It is considered that up to 99% of all Herdwick sheep are commercially farmed in the central and western Lake District.

The wool of a Herdwick has unique qualities relating to durability. Thick bristle type fibres will often protrude from garments made from the wool, forming a protective layer in blizzards - most likely the same qualities that protect the sheep in similar conditions. Herdwicks have been known to survive under a blanket of snow for three days while eating their own wool.

In the later years of her life (over 50), the children's author Beatrix Potter was involved with keeping and breeding Herdwicks, even acting as president of the breed association for a time. Between 1930 and 1938 she won a number of prizes for Herdwick ewes at shows across Cumbria. Upon her death in 1943, she bequeathed fifteen farms - a total of approximately 4,000 acres (16 kmē) to the National Trust and, as per her instruction, all continue to graze Herdwick flocks "
- Wikipedia

Final one of the set.

My thanks to everyone who flocked to see the last one, and extra thanks for their awards must go to Somnath, Joline, Ted, Peter, John, and Jenn.

Tags: Sheep Black and white Ullswater Farming Livestock Lake District ENGLAND Rural photography

Voters: taggart, Mollycat, danmcc and 50 more

Comments


taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
20 Oct 2019 11:53PM
He looks so lonely!

He also looks somewhat familiar to the Katahdin sheep that farmers raise in our neighborhood--- named after the Katahdin Mountain where they originated! They also have similar abilities basically taking care fo themselves even in harsh weather...will work on getting an image.....

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Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2019 12:10AM
Exceptional. The mint sauce is on the way.
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2019 2:58AM
Superb !! The light on the subject is amazing... Wonderful shot...
Isabel GrinGrin
21 Oct 2019 3:12AM
Great image and subject isolation with interesting narrative SmileSmileSmile
Howard
woolybill1 Plus
13 30 75 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2019 7:43AM
He (she?) is gazing intently at something beyond your right shoulder. Could possibly have sensed the imminent arrival of another blanket of snow.
A delightful set of studies comes to the end. It has been appreciated.
Regards
Bill
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2115 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2019 7:47AM
Best so far. A sheep with an existential crisis.
saltireblue Plus
9 10.1k 42 Norway
21 Oct 2019 8:00AM
Suffering from an inferiority complex and sees everything as negative and dark, the light is a mere illusion.
Jasper87 Plus
9 2.3k 158 England
21 Oct 2019 8:07AM
Caught in the spotlight....stagefright.
21 Oct 2019 9:27AM
"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep"
~ Book of Genesis
viscostatic 13 45 5 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2019 9:32AM
Outstanding in its own field.

Phil.
21 Oct 2019 9:42AM

Quote:Outstanding in its own field.

Phil.


Grin
gerainte1 5 44 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2019 9:48AM
great series
21 Oct 2019 9:49AM
"Where's the boy who looks after the sheep...he's under a haystack fast asleep."

Dougie
Nikonuser1 Plus
7 161 16 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2019 11:31AM
A great mono image AlanSmileSmile

Cliff
clicknimagine Plus
10 488 96 India
21 Oct 2019 11:32AM
Excellent series...
Irishkate Plus
9 41 116 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2019 12:08PM
Such interesting narrative and an eye catching image Alan.
KateGrin
21 Oct 2019 1:11PM
Brilliant composition and framing - processing too - love it, wish I'd taken it !
David
Superb image
barrywebb Plus
13 44 7 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2019 9:52PM
Superb stuff. Love this style.
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
22 Oct 2019 10:09PM
Superb !! my award !!
Ron
chase Plus
14 1.3k 277 England
23 Oct 2019 8:59AM
The negative space makes him look even more lonely, poor thing Sad
10 Nov 2019 3:54AM
What are Ewe looking at ?
Brilliant shot and processing Alan
Cheers Walt
10 Nov 2019 3:58AM
Forgot to add
"The trees are drawing me near I"ve Got to find out why" ....
From Tuesday afternoon ..Moody Blues

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